Rural Water Award Winners

Clark Cronquist Waterline Award: Given to someone who through their distinctive leadership and perseverance has gone above and beyond the call of duty in the promotion, development, or enhancement of rural water on a state or national level.  This is our most prestigious award.

1979   Eileen Benzinger  2001 K.B. Finneseth
1980 Clark Cronquist 2002 LaVonne Althoff
1981 Dick Fiala 2003 Warren Jameson
1982 Neil Modin 2004 Dave Koland
1983 Vern Kaldor 2005 Patrick Denne
1984 Doran Miller 2006 Don Flynn
1985 Fay Waxler 2007 Congressman Earl Pomeroy
1986 Jerome Olson 2008 Douglas Neibauer
1987 Dr. Stanley Brumleve 2009 LeRoy Johnson
1988 Alfred Thompson 2010 Senator Byron Dorgan
1989 W. Ross Brown 2011 Jack Long
1990 Vernon Anderson 2012 No Award
1991 Vic Ertmann 2013 Bill Link
1992 Dave Sandell 2014 Joe LaFave
1993 Gordon Johnson 2015 Jack Hancock
1994 Neal McClure 2016 Cal Thelen & Ray Bieber
1995 Lloyd Sondreal 2017 Dave Lang
1996 Roger Stallman 2018 Keith Nilson
1997 Richard Herrmann 2019 Gordon Johnson
1998 Francis "Fritz" Schwindt 2020 Gordy Blixt
1999 Rodger Berntson    
2000 Kermit Ueland    
       

Friend of Rural Water Award: Given to someone who provides outstanding service and exceptional contributions to further the goals of rural water in North Dakota.

1988 Erv Rolfstad & Hank Trangsrud 2005 Tex Hall
1989 Lee Nerdahl & Glen Kellerman 2006 Jerome Jungling
1990 Gene Lilly & Carl Sandager 2007 Cal Thelen
1991 Northern Water Works & Fargo Water  2008 Galen Satrom
1992 Senator Orlin Hanson & Vern Hedland 2009 Joe Bichler
1993 Glennis Sanden & Jerald Engelman 2010 Bob Shelstad
1994 Gary Warner & Burleigh Water Users 2011 Bob Keller
1995 Alfred Underdahl & Karl Limvere 2012 No Award
1996 Ray Scheetz & Jack Hancock 2013 Jim Lennington
1997 Vernon Johnson 2014 Jerry Blomeke
1998 Austin Gillette & Gene Davison 2015 Larry Amundson & Rod Beck
1999 Ray Mount & Gene Hagen 2016 Neil Breidenbach
2000 Maurice Johnson 2017 Lyle Gravseth
2001 Earl Magnuson 2018 Ken Royse
2002 Tillie Walker 2019 Kenneth Rogers
2003 Steve Burian 2020 Charlie Vein
2004 Rick Wanner    
       

Outstanding Water Works Employee: Given to a water operator or rural water system manager with outstanding leadership abilities and extraordinary accomplishments in water operations beyond the normal requirements of their job.

1993 Larry Amundson & LaRay Ries 2008 Gary Schultz & John McDonald
1994 Gary Grindberg & Roger Nelson 2009 Perry Kapaun
1995 Joel Heitkamp & Bill Link 2010 Ross Carter
1996 Randy Loeslie & Bill Sager 2011 Mary Massad
1997 Doug Neibauer & Edward Braunagel 2012 Steve Hansen
1998 Chris Helgeson & Dan Schaefer 2013 Gordon Johnson
1999 "Frenchie" Leintz 2014 Randy Thompson & Guy Mischel
2000 Mike Kemnitz & George Motl 2015 Nels Halgren
2001 Barry Schulz 2016 Geneva Kaiser
2002 Neil Breidenbach 2017 Dan Roller
2003 Ray Christensen 2018 Gus Cronquist
2004 Alvin Carlson 2019 Mike Thompson
2005 Lee Messer 2020 Larry Kassian
2006  Mike Blessum    
2007 Ralph Packulak & George Azure    
       

Outstanding Office Employee: This award is given to those unsung heroes working quietly in the background; office managers, secretaries, clerks, city auditors, whatever their title may be – they are the backbone of every organization and we want to recognize those that have gone that extra mile in promoting water issues to their boards, councils, management, and communities.

2009 Shirley Albrecht 2016 Janice Elshaug
2010 Kathryn "Pat" McCollum 2017 Sally Herda
2011 Sandy Nelson 2018 Deb Foertsch
2012 Shari Hagen 2019 Liz Suhr
2013 Linda Aubol 2020 Sandy Burwick
2014 Brad Hejtmanek    
2015 Connie Halldorson    
       

Water Taste Contest Winner:

1993 City of Sherwood 2009 South Central Regional Water District
1994 North Valley Water District 2009  Valley City Public Works (Best of the Best)
1995 North Valley Water District 2010 South Central Regional Water District
1996 Southeast Water Users District 2011 City of Garrison
1997 Ramsey County Rural Utilities 2012 South Central Regional Water District
1998 Ramsey County Rural Utilities 2013 State Line Water Cooperative
1999 Tri-County Water District 2014 Cify of Wahpeton
2000 North Valley Water District 2015 Southwest Water Authority
2001 City of Cooperstown 2016 City of Steele
2002 Grand Forks-Traill Water District 2017 Southeast Water Users District
2003 Grand Forks-Traill Water District 2018 Northeast Regional Water District
2004 Southeast Water Users District 2019 City of Bismarck
2005 Cass Rural Water Users District 2020 Valley City Public Works
2006 Cass Rural Water Users District 2021 Southwest Water Authority
2007 Valley City Public Works    
2008 City of Noonan